“I like modeling, but singing was in my blood. There was no way to escape that,” Whitney Houston has said. Though she had enjoyed success as a model, Houston made the transition from magazine covers to album covers with the 1985 release of her debut LP. Over the next 25 years, she would appear on 5 more studio albums, 2 soundtracks and 4 compilation disks. Our favorites: the singer looking regal on her first record, Whitney Houston, in a plain white tank top and her signature smile; the 1987 follow-up, Whitney; in character for 1992’s record-breaking soundtrack for The Bodyguard; and accessorizing her curve-hugging knit dress with black leather gloves and boots for 1998’s My Love is Your Love. Which cover is your all-time favorite? Cast your vote in our poll below. 

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